Nobody is satisfied, nobody is happy. We had one goal, and we didn't meet it.
In an appearance on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," Stern acknowledged he was not pleased that James, the league's reigning MVP, didn't meet with the media, or shake hands with the Orlando Magic, following the Game 6 loss on Saturday night.
Noting that in the recent past, other players and teams have been fined for failing to meet the league's media guidelines, Cowherd asked why James had not been fined.
"I'm in the process of making a phone call or two now to talk to LeBron ... so I don't want to speak to that at this moment," Stern said.
"So you're not happy?" Cowherd asked.
"I think that's fair to say," Stern replied.
When further asked about James storming off the court without postgame handshakes with the Magic -- and whether one action was more troubling than the other -- Stern said both. "One goes to rules, another goes to values," he said. "I think both of them should be followed."
"Everything's big when you follow the NBA, so I'm going to step back and ask not to be pushed too hard right now [on the incident]" Stern added. "I've got a few irons in the fire."
On Monday, NBA spokesman Tim Frank told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that James would not be fined, adding "We haven't had any issues with him before at all."
They deserve respect, they are a good team. But we are the best team in basketball. I don't feel that they've had to adjust to us one time in the series."
So, Mo. You're sure the Cavaliers will win Game 4 on Tuesday night and rally to win the best-of-seven series. Willing to guarantee it?
"Guarantee we're going to win the series? Yeah, yeah," he said. "We are down 2-1. But there is nobody on this team and definitely not myself that says we are not going to win this series. Yeah, it is going to be tough. We know that. We get this game tomorrow, go home, still got home-court advantage.
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I don't think that him going one-on-one was the factor,'' said Williams, who finished with 17 points and five assists but missed 6 of 8 3-pointers. "I think he had it going. That's part of our offense, for him to attack his man. I think the key, the biggest key to the game was myself. I have to take pressure off this guy. I'm looking at the stats and I'm looking at Dwight (Howard) and I'm looking at Rashard (Lewis) and I'm looking at Hedo (Turkoglu), and those three guys were terrific tonight.
"And I look at myself, 6-for-19. LeBron is 20-for-30 from the field. I don't care; he can go one-on-one all he wants. I still got 19 shots. It wasn't him.
We don't go into the series not giving them a shot. We've had battles with Detroit. We know. We know how powerful that team is and what they're capable of. We're going into the series like it's anybody's series. If we don't come out and play the right way, we could easily lose. No matter what the record is in the regular season, the top eight teams get in. When the playoffs start, everyone is 0-0.